Jorvik Viking Centre: Vikings History Brought to Life

Blossom S By Blossom S, 18th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Jorvik Viking Centre brought Viking history alive permanently. Nearby you can also visit York Castle Museum, Clifford’s Tower, York Minster and National Railway Museum, just to name a few.

Jorvik Viking Centre: Vikings History Brought to Life

The term Viking is customarily used to refer to the sea-borne warriors from the Scandinavian area that raided, traded, explored and settled in wide areas of Europe and the North Atlantic islands in the medieval ages.

York, the most important city in the North of England was invaded by Vikings from the late 8th to the mid-11th century. During their stay they built a small city where Jorvik Viking Centre is just on the very site.

Jorvik Viking Centre first opened in April 1984 and refurbished in 2001. This re-opening brought Viking history alive permanently.

Highlights of Jorvik Viking Centre:

At Jorvik Viking Centre you can see, hear and even smell the life of Viking York happened 1000 years ago.

1. Time Machine

The Time Machine is a small room near to the entrance in which you will be taken back in time by a couple on a big screen in front of you. They will be dressed in typical costumes of the appropriate time period. You can feel your benches jolt back and forth until you finally reach the destination: AD 975.

2. A journey through a reconstruction of Viking streets

An open pod-type contraption will take you on a ride through a reconstruction of Viking streets. Pushing the button in front of your seat you can listen to a commentary about what you are experiencing.

First there are two children playing a popular Viking board game called Hnefetafl. Then it is the blacksmith's home, an example of an old, simpler, single storey building made from wattle and daub, which suffered from severe dampness. Next it is the woodturner's home, a brand new cellared building made entirely from oak.

You can also hear the noise made by a working woodturner, two chatting men and their neighbour in the opposite street. You will smell some unpleasant odours in the air, such as rotting fish.

Your journey will culminate in rambling on Coppergate Street, one of many streets in Yorvik where people could buy anything they wanted in the market.

Don’t miss the original house foundations at the end of your journey through Yorvik streets. They were discovered exactly where you see them.

3. The Exhibition Hall

There are many interactive displays waiting for you in the Exhibition Hall, such as talking with Viking people, trying on a Viking helmet or having your own replica coin struck by a Viking coin merchant.

A full skeleton, which were found on the land where you are standing will give you a big picture of Viking life, death, disease as well as battle.

Opening times and price:

Jorvik Viking Centre is open daily except for the Christmas period. In summer it opens from 10am to 5pm. In winter it closes one hour earlier.

It's free for York Pass holders. If you are a member of English Heritage you are qualified for 15% discount. Currently the admissions are £8.50 for adults, £6 for children and £7 for concessions. And you are entitled to free entry to the centre at any time over the next 12 months. For more details please visit Jorvik Viking Centre official website.

Extra information:

Jorvik Viking Centre is located within the Coppergate Shopping Centre, just by St. Mary's Square and surrounded by many shops. Nearby you can also visit York Castle Museum, Clifford’s Tower, York Minster and National Railway Museum, just to name a few.

For more National Trust tourist sites please visit my articles below:

Bateman's: The Home of Rudyard Kipling

Knole: The Childhood Home of Vita Sackville-West

Chartwell: Home of Winston Churchill

Quebec House: the Childhood Home of General James Wolfe

For more English Heritage tourist sites please visit my articles below:

Seven reasons to visit Charles Darwin's Home

Dover Castle in England

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author avatar Delicia Powers
19th Apr 2011 (#)

Wonderful, I have been and would love to revisit one day, thanks Blossom!

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author avatar Carol
19th Apr 2011 (#)

Very interesting review, many thanks.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th Apr 2011 (#)

I haven't been there yet but I just put it on my "Bucket List."

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author avatar Songbird B
19th Apr 2011 (#)

Would love to go to this, though York is quite a distance from where I live.. I love 'Living History', and think that this is so important for children to experience. They would never forget it....Great, great review, Blossom!

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author avatar Retired
22nd Apr 2011 (#)

I really enjoyed this outstanding article. Thanks!

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
22nd Dec 2011 (#)

I like the Vikings expeditions.

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author avatar Helen
1st Feb 2012 (#)

York, the most important city in the North of England was invaded by Vikings from the late 8th to the mid-11th century. The<a href="http://www.jorvikcentre.com/About-Jorvik-Centre">Jorvik Centre</a> demonstrates this with some great historic findings and exhibitions. During their stay they built a small city where Jorvik Viking Centre is just on the very site.

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author avatar Helen
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Visit www.jorvikcentre.com

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